CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFIER: DREAM COME TRUE TO BE PLAYING CELTIC, SAYS REDS BOSS BRESLIN

Reds manager Tommy Breslin gets a glamour tie against Celtic in UEFA Champions league qualifier

Reds manager Tommy Breslin gets a glamour tie against Celtic in UEFA Champions league qualifier

DANSKE Bank Irish League champions have been drawn to play Celtic in qualifying for the Champions League.

It is a massive glamour draw for the Reds but it could pose a major headache for the club.

The ground only holds 5,000 and the tie would have the potential to sell up to ten times over.

However, it could be restricted to 2,500-2,600.

Manager Tommy Breslin will host the second leg of the game on July 23/24 at his team’s solitude ground in north Belfast while Neil Lennon’s Celtic will host the first leg of a second-round qualifier on July 16/17.

“It’s totally amazing and a dream come true,” said Reds boss Breslin.

“It’s great for the club, players and supporters. It rounds off what was a fabulous season for Cliftonville.

“We knew we were in with a chance of getting them but to get it is beyond our wildest dreams.”

Celtic reached the knockout stage of last season’s competition thanks in part to a group-stage victory over Barcelona in Glasgow.

 

 

The winners of the second-round ties must come through two further rounds of qualifying to make the group stage.

 

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